While most of the attention is on what you should apply to your skin to achieve the smoothest and clearest complexion, it’s important not to forget to watch what’s going inside your body as well. Creams and makeup products aren’t strictly monitored by the Food and Drug Administration because they are considered cosmetic. This means they are only regulated for safety and not effectiveness, which is why it’s not surprising creams that claim anti-aging miracles, don’t work like you would have hoped.
Ultimately, the main ingredient for great skin is what goes into the body, and aside from genetics, what you put into your body controls your health in many different ways. Of course there are lists that tell you which foods improve your skin (red grapes, blueberries, salmon, and whole grains). But what about the lists that tell you what’s not good for your skin. Sure, you’ve heard of chocolate- but what’s really dulling your skin, hair and nails?
1. Sugar: Of course sugar is a known culprit, but why? It’s because as sugar levels rise in your body from having too much, your body responds by raiding its insulin levels, and in turn, raises your androgen levels. Androgen can make the hair follicle shrink, which makes it harder for dirt and oil to escape and easier for clogs and breakouts to occur.
2. Vitamin A: Even though vitamin A is good for you, almost too much of anything can be a bad thing. Vitamin A is found primarily in beef liver, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, carrots, and cantaloupes. Eat too much at once, or a constant high quantity of each is warned to be a cause of hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
3. Alcohol: There are many reasons not to overdo it on the alcohol consumption, especially if you are predisposed to alcoholic tendencies through your blood line. But alcoholic can have other affects, not only to the skin, but also to your nails. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it drains the body of necessary fluids and nutrients, which is why you so frequently need to use the bathroom during a night of cocktails or at a barbeque when you’ve have too many beers. Strong and healthy nails depend on a consistent and balanced level of fluids and nutrients, both of which alcohol robs your body of.